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Recovery and person-centred care in dementia: common purpose, common practice?

  • Laura Hill, Glenn Roberts, Joanna Wildgoose, Rachel Perkins and Susan Hahn...

With the launch of the Fair Deal for Mental Health campaign in 2008 the Royal College of Psychiatrists made a commitment to ensuring that ‘training for psychiatrists promotes the recovery approach’. National guidance emphasises the universal applicability of the recovery values for anyone of any age who has a significant mental health problem. Yet there has been little thinking as to whether the recovery approach is applicable to old age psychiatry and particularly to dementia care. This article explores the striking similarities between a recovery-oriented approach and person-centred care, the particular challenge posed in dementia care and the benefits of a collaborative approach in pursuit of common purposes.

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Dr Glenn Roberts, Wonford House Hospital, Dryden Road, Exeter EX2 5AF, UK. Email:
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